Restaurant Review: Bunga Bunga
If it’s hipster vibes, rustic charm and mouth-watering pizza south of the river you’re looking for, look no further than Bunga Bunga. It’s not your typical Battersea hangout, but with Bunga Bunga what you see is what you get: motorcycles hanging from the ceiling, mismatched paintings, and brightly coloured decor hinting towards the Italian menu. It screams “fun” the minute you walk through the door.
We visited on a Tuesday evening, otherwise known as “all-you-can-eat pizza for £15 night” – music to every food-loving, piggy-bank-cautious Londoner’s ears. The pizza is served long, not round (I did say “hipster”), on wooden boards placed on top of giant tin cans so as not to clutter your table. We tried Italy’s Fun Guy – they love a pun here – which was topped with wild mushroom, pecorino, truffle oil and confit tomato. The rich smell of truffle oil infused with cheese hit first, and the taste that followed did not disappoint.
Not a pizza fan? Have no fear. The menu also includes a tempting choice of smaller plates including polenta chips, zucchine fritte, wild boar and caprese salad. We added all of the above to our order. The polenta chips stole the show; they were perfectly fried, with just the right amount of grated parmesan. The insalata caprese came a close second, with tomatoes so fresh they could have just been picked from the garden. Pair all of this with an extensive cocktail list and round it off with some authentic Italian gelato, and you’re onto a winner.
Servers were scarce at times, so if it’s conversation you’re after, don’t rely on the staff. Once we had their attention, however, they were friendly and helpful. Being one for fad diets, I am attempting a no-sugar trial, and the waiters were all too happy to accommodate.
The atmosphere was lively, with servers banging drums and lighting sparklers for birthdays and for one chap who took on the Captain Unlimito challenge: a metre-long pizza in under 12 minutes (for the record, he didn’t manage it).
If I have one piece of advice – other than “You must try Bunga Bunga” – it would be to wear loose clothing. We waddled out feeling extremely full but content. If you’re looking for a romantic, intimate setting, you might want to look elsewhere, but for a fun, lively evening full of delicious pizza, Bunga Bunga ticks just about every box.